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How To Use iPhone And iPad In iOS 11/iOS 12 As A Flashlight

The first time you hear this idea that you could use an iPhone or an iPad in iOS 11/iOS 12 as a LED Maglite replacement, you might think it’s a joke. But it’s not. And, of course, the first time you will have the opportunity to use this small but handy feature, you’ll actually come to appreciate it and regret that you didn’t know about it earlier.

On the grounds that it’s better to find out later than to never find out, take advantage of our concise guide from below and learn what it takes to make light with your iPhone or iPad in iOS 11/iOS 12.


Most Apple devices can generate some source of light for you without having to install anything. It’s not a stock app but a widget that comes installed on the phone or tablet. Some call it the Torch app, though, it is obviously not an app – it doesn’t open anything when you tap on it, but it is listed as a menu entry and it makes your camera LED to act as a flashlight.

Since we’ve mentioned that you can find it as a menu entry, you can imagine how simple it is to turn it On or Off. The only thing left for you right now is to identify the right path to this option.


Find the Flashlight widget on your iPhone/iPad in iOS 11/iOS 12:

  1. First, turn on the tablet or the smartphone;
  2. Use one finger to swipe up on the Home screen, from the bottom towards the top;
  3. From the extended menu that will soon cover your screen, select the Flashlight icon – it’s at the lower-left corner.


These are the “complicated” instructions of accessing the Flashlight widget on Apple iPhone and iPad in iOS 11/iOS 12. When you want to turn it off, select the same icon one more time.

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